Two habits to avoid
Dr. Pasquale also shared two habits to avoid to lower one’s risk for glaucoma. First, although a small or moderate amount of coffee consumption is okay, drinking a large amount on a regular basis appears to raise the risk for glaucoma.
Second, inverted head postures as performed in yoga are probably not a good idea. “IOPs measured during these postures have been documented to be quite high,” Dr. Pasquale. “There are plenty of other yoga exercises that people could benefit from that are not associated with such marked increase in IOP.”
Sharing these recommendations with patients can be a response to their strong interest in doing something to help control their disease or modify their disease risk, Dr. Pasquale said. However, with all the different forms of glaucoma, the strategies may not work for everyone.